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Traps and Snares Indiscriminately Kill Whatever Animal Comes Along

Letters / Anchorage Daily News / March 22, 2008

A recent article confirmed what wildlife and domestic animal advocates have been saying for a long time -- that wherever there is legal trapping of wildlife, you'll find domestic animals being caught and killed in traps ("Season of trapping catches two wolverines and six dogs," March 9).

This is not a problem unique to Alaska, as the Lower 48 and also Hawaii see their share of companion dogs and cats being killed by traps set both legally and illegally. Leghold traps, Conibear traps and snares indiscriminately kill whatever animal crosses their path and unless someone is skilled at releasing trapped animals, the results can be devastating.

In response to the problem of domestic dogs falling victim to wildlife traps, the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners last year passed a regulation to keep traps a minimum of 1,000 feet away from hiking trails outside the Reno/Tahoe area. While such a regulation will not protect non-targeted wildlife (which could possibly be of an endangered or threatened species) from being killed inadvertently, it will go a long way toward ensuring the protection of domestic animals.

The Alaska Board of Game should consider enacting similar regulations as soon as possible, as it is a reasonable reaction to a serious problem.

-- Joe Miele, president

Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting

Maywood, N.J.

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